METAIRIE, La. – The New Orleans Saints will bring in kicker John Carney for a tryout on Tuesday, an NFL source said Monday.
Earlier in the day, Head Coach Sean Payton said no decision had been made to bring in anybody for a tryout, saying coaches need to be careful in not overreacting a day later.
“We’ll see,” Payton said. “I think the thing you always have to be careful of is you turn around the day after and make decisions that maybe are the ones that aren’t well thought out. We’ll meet on it. We’ll visit. You know how we feel about (Garrett Hartley). He’s a guy that has come up big for us.”
Apparently, the meeting ended with the belief that the team should at least bring in kickers to work out. The Times-Picayune reported that Kris Brown also would visit for a workout.
Hartley has missed three field goals this season, including Sunday’s would-have-been game-winner from 29 yards. Instead, the Saints lost to Atlanta 27-24 in overtime in a key NFC South game.
He’s 4 of 7 through three games after entering the 2010 season 22 of 24 in his career.
Yet, Hartley has a place in Saints lore having sent the team to its first Super Bowl with a game-winning boot in the NFC championship game in January. Additionally, he kept New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV with three kicks from beyond 40 yards, a Super Bowl record.
After Sunday’s loss, Payton took the blame for the loss as did Hartley’s teammates. Payton did again Monday.
“There were more wide lefts yesterday than just the kicker,” Payton said. “There were other mistakes made in that game that maybe led it to overtime. We’ll start with the turnovers, which leads to the short yardage situations. We struggled covering (Tony) Gonzalez and third down and holding up in the run game later as it went on.
“So, that one just becomes more apparent by the nature of the position.”